Student Feature: Salt and Light #3
Salt and Light: Mason, CHS senior
We’re highlighting testimonials from students who have participated in recent SALT trips. SALT stands for Serving and Learning Together in Jesus’ name. For more information about SALT, click here.
The summer before my junior year, I went to India on a missions trip with CHS and it has changed who I have become in the best possible way.
While there, I visited around 2,000 orphans, brought them food and clothes, and built homes - all the common outreach project activities. But what I was not expecting was to go to a leper colony. It is a cruel misconception that by touching one of these “untouchables,” as they are known in India, you will immediately become infected.
These people are hurting from the outside to the inside; not only are they cast out from society, but they are also cast with this horrendous wall of shame around them, even though they cannot control this terrible disease’s affects.
While I was there, I prayed over a woman who was maybe in her late 30’s - it was hard to tell from the sores - who had two children (the issue with having children in a leper colony is that they grow up contracting the disease because a person needs to be around leprosy for around five years to get it). The very fact she has two children and still does what she does is beyond me; she walks up to me, with her hands out and says, “I not want, I give to you. I see God in you.” With tears in my eyes, I look down at the palm of her hand and see what I later found out to be a pure gold watch. She gave me her only valuable possession - regardless of her dire need for that money the watch could provide for her and her family - because she saw God at work in me. She set her mind on things above, not on earthly things. That is the person I strive to be. I want that type of surrender in my life. I want to give it all up to God.
She reminds me of the woman in the Bible that broke the bottle of perfume on Jesus’ feet. Both of these extraordinary women understood what it means to give your life over to God and I can only pray to have that kind of surrender. Today, I remember her, and all I can think now is, “how can I be the woman with the gold watch?"